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    Synching photos

    I have been trying to synch the photos on my PC to the iPad. It successfully copied over 706 photos. But I have 5251!

    I tried "browse" to another folder, but it was the same number of photos. It seems to have simply skipped a large number of folders and files.

    Ipad2, win7 pro, iTunes 10.2

    Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks!
    Tachi

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    Photos are usually the first to get removed, when the iPad is running out of space.

    Does your iPad still have free memory? You can check under settings->General->About->Available

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    Plenty of memory

    The memory space is barely touched. This is not a jailbroken ipad2. My Photos folder on Windows is heavily organized into folders and sub-folders. Is that an issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tachi
    The memory space is barely touched. This is not a jailbroken ipad2. My Photos folder on Windows is heavily organized into folders and sub-folders. Is that an issue?
    That may be the reason.

    I think it only synchronizes two levels deep.

    So the photos should be organized in a way similar to the following:

    Main folder: Photos

    Sub folders in Photos: May/June, etc.

    If you have any further subfolders in May/June, it doesn't sync.

    But perhaps someone else can verify this.

    Anyway, since you already have organized your photos, is this not a good answer

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    A related question, say that I have 5 GB of photos on another computer in the network. If I would like to copy them to my iPad, will all the photos (5GB) be copied to the computer where my iPad is connected to or will only the optimized photos be copied?

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    So, I just reorganized all of my photos (5251 of them) into folders at ONE level only. That is, there is no folder with another folder.
    Result? Many 'folders' on the ipad now have only ONE photo. All of the others are missing. Some complete folders are still missing.

    So, what gives? Why does this not work? All of the photos are standara jpeg's from a real camera.

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    This is odd.

    It probably won't help, but Matth3w wrote a very detailed how-to for syncing large amounts of photos. He also proved me wrong regarding the subfolders, they don't get omitted, but instead merged.

    [How To] Sync photos to your iPad with iTunes

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    Cool Tried again

    Well, that was an excellent link to Matth3's article about how to sync photos. It provided a couple of points that are anything BUT obvious to us poor users. Who would think that if I want ALL my photos transferred that I shouldn't check "all folders"! Imagine that.

    So, I went back and tried to select all of the folders, individually, from a folder where I spent a bunch of time making sure that I did not have any SUB-folders. Pain in the ass.

    Well, that didn't work too well. The whole iTunes/iPad system froze somewhere in the middle of "optimizing photos". I noticed this when I got up at 3AM and noticed that the iPad was still sync'g - after doing so for about 5 hours.

    So, again, I went back and UNCHECK'd 90% of the folders and tried again. That seems to have worked. So, I guess I have to sync a few folders at a time, and I have to setup a SPECIAL folder location where I can properly UN-organize my photos so that iTunes will sync them. Sheesh! THis is what I call garbage software. And this means that when I add new photos, I have to carefully add them to 2 locations: 1) sensibly located in an organized set of folders that make sense, and 2) into a specially dis-organized iTunes capable folder. I am truly excited.

    And, if that isn't enough, during the sync process, it brings my PC to its knees. So, I cannot do any other work while it is sync'g.

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    Great rant there, Tachi!

    Don't know how many photos you were trying to load and sync, but I agree it's not a quick process. It starts by "optimising" them. I haven't timed it, but it probably takes around 10-15 secs to do each pic. So if you have 1000s of them, it's going to take a while.


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